Nandan Nilekani

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Aromar Revi introducing Nandan Nilekani to Urban India Fellows in the classroom before the Masterclass with him.

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Nandan Nilekani in conversation with Urban India Fellows during his Masterclass. 

Nandan Nilekani is former Chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India. In this capacity, he held the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister of the Government of India. Nandan received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978. He was till 2009, the co-chairperson of the board of directors of Infosys which he co-founded in 1981. He was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the “Padma Bhushan” in 2006, named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world and in 2006, named ‘Businessman of the Year’ by Forbes Asia. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. He was a member of India’s National Knowledge Commission and Chairperson of NCAER.

 

Text source: IIHS website

Photo of the Day – II

Chandrashekhar B. Bhave

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Chandrashekhar B. Bhave is the Chairperson of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanisation through an integrated programme of education, research, consulting and advisory services.

Chandrashekhar was the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India’s capital markets regulator from 2008 to 2011. He was also the chairperson of the Asia-Pacific regional committee and a member of the Technical and the Executive Committees of the IOSCO, over this period.

Chandrashekhar started his career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1975. He was the Collector in Nanded and worked in the Finance and Industries departments of the Government of Maharashtra and the Petroleum Ministry of the Government of India. He then worked in SEBI as a Senior Executive Director from 1992–1996, helping create the regulatory infrastructure for Indian capital markets.

Chandrashekhar then quit the IAS to set up the National Securities Depository (NSDL) in 1996 and was its Chairman and Managing Director from 1996 to 2008. NSDL was the first depository in India and became operational in 1996 – the settlements in Indian stock exchanges are in paperless form today. The NSDL was entrusted with setting up the Government of India’s Tax Information System and the Central Record Keeping System for the new Pension scheme.

Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/board-founding-members/chandrasekhar-b-bhave/

Bangalore Heritage Walk I

IIHS organised a Heritage Walk for #IndiaUrbanFellows in collaboration with INTACH Bangalore Chapter.

Anushree, anchored the walk from IIHS. Meera and Pankaj took us along the Bangalore Fort and old city which has changed over the course of time.

The blog post without photos

-TejInder Singh

This is the first time when I’m writing a blog, without photos or videos. It’s not that I choose to write this. But I’ve been asked to write this post as a part of our assignment. Rekha Raghunathan who moderates a compulsory skill lab on “Writing in & for Urban” is making me and other 29 fellows write such blog posts.

I’m late by few hours already and I missed today’s class as well. We were suppose to submit this today before 11:59 am, technically. Rekha extended the timeline for people like me who don’t write much about anything. And I’m still struggling writing this blog post.

The original idea was to write about anything we have not written about. So happens to be, that I have not written about anything at all. My initial thoughts were that I will write about “Religion and Sexuality”. Then I thought, I’ll write about “Religion and Politics”. I see none of these happening here.

So I chose to write about this. This – the blog post without photos. I don’t realize when photos became an integral part of my life. People around me have accepted my camera as an extension of my body. They don’t bother if I click pictures in classroom during lecture or while eating food. Rather, I’ve been asked at times if everything is fine with me, on seeing me without camera.

I wonder, how is it affecting my identity as an individual. It’s difficult for me to recall those events which I haven’t photographed. I tend to forget people I’ve not photographed. Talking of my childhood, the only memories I have are those which I see in pictures, clicked by my father. He has documented my childhood extensively. So many memories yet so little that I remember.

I’m deprived of words, yet again. I really don’t know what else to write. Oh! I’m listening to Coke Studio, Season 9. Mohsin Abbas Haidar sang Uddi Ja in 4th episode which came out last week. In my opinion, this particular episode is one of the best produced episodes’ of Coke Studio 9 so far. All four songs are different from each other yet I feel connected to all of them while listening to them back to back. Somehow they compliment each other. I’ll write about it some other day, perhaps.

I kept looking at the word count while writing this post. Rekha has asked to write 400 words. I crossed 400 at the end of last sentence and I feel happy within that I’ve been able to write this much. I will probably take some time to edit it and then publish it.

You know it’s nice to write at times, I think. But I would love to have some photos as well.

 

Classroom – In & Out

We have moved to our designated classroom now. And before you start making assumptions on how our classroom might look like, please hold yourself. No, its not the usual classroom you come across in every second college or university or institute. This classroom has redefined my understanding of how classrooms should look and work in real world.

The Weekend

The week was exhausting but overwhelming. I had found the peace within for the fact the work ethics at IIHS are on the same lines I’ve been wanting to be build or associated with. So came the weekend.

Bengaluru Poetry Festival was scheduled on August 6-7th, 2016 and I was looking forward to the weekend. One Vikramjeet Singh Rooprai, Founder – Youth for Heritage Foundation was coming to Bangalore and it had been time since we met last time and got lost in our conversation which ranges from history to philosophy to politics to everything we can put our heads on. Second, it was the first weekend in Bangalore after Urban Fellowship has commenced.

I slept like a hog on Saturday the 6th of August and planned day out on Sunday. Daksh, my junior from CSPA is interning in Bangalore and I had been wanting to see him too. So the first half of day was spent at Poetry festival at Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore listening to Piyush Mishra – singing and reciting poetry; chatting with Vikramjeet Singh Rooprai and second half of the day was spent at NGMA, Bangalore – where I’ve been wanting to go since last year. I’ve been to NGMA New Delhi & Mumbai and was fascinated how the art work is curated at both of these galleries.

I ended up video documenting Piyush Mishra’s singing and poetry recitals – which I’ll share over the course of time. I’ve shared one video on Facebook already which can be viewed here:
Piyush Mishra sings O Ri Duniya(Live)